Dimes to Dollars at Weekend Trivia!

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Mid-September brought a weekend filled with Pour House Trivia, as 87 teams played at one of our eight locations. Springfield Manor Winery and Doc Waters Cidery each welcomed 24 teams to their respective weekend outing!


A couple of Friday night questions played tough for its players in the opening round. The first hit upon some 80s TV nostalgia:

  • Starring Tony Danza and Judith Light, which 1980s sitcom tells the story of a former major league baseball player who takes a job as a live-in housekeeper in Connecticut to start a new life for him and his daughter?

About 72% of the field knew that to be Who’s the Boss (hint: it’s Mona), while a third of our teams got bonus points for naming ABC as its home network. Later on, a Three Clues question about the kangaroo had an overall success rate of just 55%, the lowest of the first half, while 23% named it early for bonus points. Other first-round weekend topics included the Gettysburg Address, FOX’s reimagining of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the 1950s song Rock Around the Clock which later became the first theme song of the TV show Happy Days. There were eight teams with perfect scores in this round.


Friday’s audio clue featured a trio of songs with the word nothing in the title; 61% had that word in common, while 22% added bonus credit for naming all three musical acts: Dire Straits (Money For Nothing), Whitney Houston (I Have Nothing), and Foo Fighters (Something From Nothing). Three acts with the same initials — Blind MelonBaha Men, and Barry Manilow — constituted Saturday’s audio question, with 36% earning the bonus points by knowing each of those acts. This was a pretty successful round overall, with subjects such as Vicks VapoRub, the Blue Angels flying squadron, the musical lyre, and Albert Pujols recently passing Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time MLB home run list. The second round had a game-high nine perfect scores.


On Friday, teams had to name brands by their W logos and match Best Picture Oscar winners to their performers who also won Academy Awards for the film. Saturday’s halftime topics were one-name female solo artists and films that fit a The BLANK two-word title format. On average, teams scored 15.2 points on this page and there were a pair of perfect 20-pointers. These were the top ranked teams at the break:


On Friday, the most difficult wagering question of the weekend started the second half:

  • The western African nation of Burkina Faso is home to the Red, Black, and White tributaries of which river, the namesake for Burkina Faso’s former name?

Even with an eventual multiple-choice section, just a fourth of Friday’s squads correctly named the Volta river, though three teams didn’t need the options and snagged two extra points with an early guess. Three Clues about the raven kicked off Saturday’s third round, with 21% of those teams earning extra points by naming the bird from the first two clues. Otherwise, teams over the weekend encountered questions about Foreigner song (and medical condition) Double VisionJames Monroe‘s Era of Good Feelings, alleged TV psychic Miss Cleo, and the branch of medicine known as oncology. We were down to just a pair of perfect scores in this round, provided by Villa People (South Mountain) and PB and J (Belles’).


Three teams named Paul Bunyan from the initial 6-4-2 clue for all six points on Friday, but no Saturday teams could do the same for the kids movie Stuart Little, which was both the final film role for Golden Girls actress Estelle Getty and co-written by director M. Night Shyamalan! An Add a Letter question came first in this round on Friday, and ended up the toughest wagering question of the round:

  • In the baseball film The Natural, Robert Redford’s character used a bat which he gave a certain nickname.  If you add the letter S to the end of that nickname, you’ll have the title of which college film starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire?

Roughly 35% of the field were successful in answering Wonder Boys. The hardest wagering question in Saturday’s game showed up at the midpoint of the fourth round:

  • There have been three occasions in NCAA history where the Men’s Basketball Championship Game featured two schools that shared the same nickname. The latest instance occurred in 1997, when a school from the Pac-10 Conference needed overtime to defeat a team from the Southeastern Conference, and both teams used which nickname?

Arizona beat Kentucky in the battle of the Wildcats that year, and 42% of teams got that answer right. Other fourth-round topics included the Canada Dry ginger ale brand, noble gas argon, sci-fi astronaut Buck Rogers, and early anniversary gifts paper and wood. The lone perfect score here was earned by Demented and Sad but Social (Belles’). Scores were tight at the top of the post-fourth round standings:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (51.5% success rate):

  • What is the current name of the organization founded in 1938 as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.4% success rate):

  • For his role in a 2015 film, which actor earned more than 2,000 times the salary from the first time he’d played that same role? That film marked his fourth time playing that character in a feature film.

We were right at half the field getting the weekend final answers; that organization is now called the March of Dimes, and Harrison Ford scaled up massively throughout his career portraying Han Solo in the Star Wars film series. Our only two Perfect 21 teams this weekend came from the same venue: as PB and J and Slightly Agitated of Belles’ got points on each of the 21 wagering questions in their game. At the end of the weekend, these were the high scores:

(Yes, Slightly Agitated reached the overall leaderboard for both of our games this weekend!)


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Bandstand)

P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS  (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Nacho Winners  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pitch Perfect (series))

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Premium Mustache Rides  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Mustaches)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: Shark Fin Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYLovettsville Oktoberfest)

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYThe Godfather (film))

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: PB & J  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYQueen Elizabeth II)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Leprechauns  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jackass Stars)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Phantom of the Opera Songs)